Soup and Crumpet Day, Truro, 24th August 2008
Organisers: The Holmes Family
Sunday morning dawned bright and shiny but a little cold – about about 2 degrees. As I had already mapped out the run, Ian Baldock and I agreed that I would be Ride Captain for the day. He could then concentrate on the trips ahead. I arrived at Pelican Plaza around 9:00 am and was soon joined by members of the Vincent Club, who were having their ride from the same place. By the time I had set up the blank entry forms, for those who had to fill them out on the day, Ian had arrived and we decided to test Hungry Jack’s coffee. Roger O’Loughlin turned up to join us for coffee and the rest dribbled in slowly.
The Vincent Club left at 9:30 am and by 9:45 we had around 15 machines. Jeff Schaefer had kindly offered to take the back-up trailer and arrived with Laurie Leibhardt as passenger. It was then time to do the mandatory instructions and we were away. Between Chain of Ponds and Williamstown I passed a rider on a veteran machine and thought it may have been Charlie Tuckey, possibly on his Perry Vale, with his own personal back-up trailer. Our first stop was Springton for a re-group and toilet stop. We were here joined by Bob Gill and Phil and Carolyn Jenner.
We didn’t have to wait long for the back-up vehicle and after a few minutes we were on our way to our next stop at Stockwell. I make no apologies for taking the Tanunda Creek Rd along the border of the Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park again, as it is one of my favorite pieces of road and I ride it whenever I can. From there, down Mengler’s Hill and on to Stockwell for a comfort stop and re-group. Next stop Truro for lunch.
By the time the machines were parked and the riding gear was removed, Soup & Crumpets were ready. The Holmes family excelled themselves once again. I was pleased to see the number of people there (our count was around seventy). Many had come by car, and brought soup and sweets, as well as willing hands. It is great to see outings like this where the tasks are shared by so many people. It makes for what I believe is a real “Club” occasion.
I was able to air my knowledge when I walked outside to see a number of people looking at a beautifully restored motorcycle. Someone said “It’s a PV whatever that means”. My sharp mind leaped into gear and I nonchalantly said “That’s a Perry Vale recently restored by Charlie Tuckey” (Boy! Do I know things).
By now everyone was full of Soup & Crumpets & on to the Tea & Coffee. The workers once again moved in and the table changed into cakes and scones and all types of sweet things. As I mentioned on a previous occasion, the change in date meant Rob Smyth could not join us, so there was cake for all and I believe even some left over. It was now time to clean up ready to go home, so I made myself scarce and went outside to do some more talking and have another look at the Perry Vale. I asked Charlie what condition it was in when he got it. His answer was “together”. I think that means a zillion hours of work to restore it.
Those attending the run:
Malcolm Mackay 1948 BSA Solo
Ed Sanders 1936 Norton Solo
Bob Gill 1913 Veteran BSA Solo
Natalie Halstead 1936 BSA Solo
Dave Holbrook 1958 Ariel Solo
Geoff Hennig 1954 Triumph Solo
Phil Jenner 1926 Harley Davidson Solo
Carolyn Jenner 1940 Indian Solo
Ken Olsson 1949 Matchless Solo
Paul Knapp 1972 Honda four Solo
Don Cellier 1971 BMW Solo
Peter Langdon 1973 Triumph Solo
Roger O’Loughlin 1976 Honda Solo
Malcolm Gray 1971 BMW Solo
Peter Arriola 1974 Honda four Solo
Ian Baldock 2004 Suzuki Solo
Greg Warner 2008 Ducati Solo
Chris Warner 1976 Kawasaki Solo
Laurie Leibhardt, Dawn & Jeff Schaefer Back up trailer
Plus numerous members in cars